While the MLB Draft was taking place, the Atlanta Braves had a long time to think about who they would take with the 32nd overall pick in the first round. Since signing Ervin Santana, the Braves lost their 28th pick due to compensation to the Kansas City Royals. With their first-round choice, the Braves took Braxton Davidson, a first baseman/outfielder from TC Roberson High School in North Carolina.
The choice for the team seems to be a safe pick that they believe can turn into a serious bat as he develops through the minor leagues. The only thing that isn’t exactly safe about the choice is that he is committed to the University of North Carolina. However, the team is confident that they will be able to sign him in the days to come. Of course, the organization will most definitely want him to play in the outfield as he develops, seeing that Freddie Freeman will have first base held down for years to come.
Even though it may be a few years before he gets to the big leagues, Davidson has the potential to develop into one of the better power hitters coming from this draft class. That can be a difficult task for young players, as strikeouts start to mount in the minor leagues and confidence leaves, but that shouldn’t be a problem for Davidson. He has a very quiet approach at the plate and can make contact when needed. His swing is quite reminiscent of Freeman currently, with quick hands and being able to stay inside the baseball while at the plate.
Where he may lack a little is on the defensive side. He has a good arm from anywhere on the field, but he has below average-to-average speed which would confine him to one of the corner outfield spots. Also, it’s not really known how his instincts are in the outfield at this time or how his glove will perform while running down fly balls during games. However, the organization is confident that they will be able to get him in the outfield quickly and attempt to advance him through the minors at a steady pace.